Paper Lantern Lit is a boutique literary development company bestselling author Lauren Oliver cofounded with former HarperCollins and Razorbill editor Lexa Hillyer. They look through self-published books to find those that deserve more attention then rerelease them under their name. Now they’ve added The Studio, a digital imprint, to produce ebooks.
If you’ve already self-published one or more of your books, check out Paper Lantern and The Studio. It might open new doors!
Crime novelists Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman have launched Brash Books with a debut list of 30 titles by award-winning crime novelists. Brash’s books are available through an exclusive partnership with Amazon that offers special marketing opportunities.
They focus entirely on award-winning novels. If you have received an award for an unpublished manuscript, give this imprint a try.
At the annual London Book Fair, Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random UK, said the last four years have been the best in the company’s financial history (for both companies pre-merger). He also noted that publishers have “managed the digital transition better than any other media or entertainment industry,” which is true. Compared to movies and music, books are actually likely to prosper from digital technologies.
He noted realities like fewer bookstores, of course, before turning back to the critical issue of reaching readers. Penguin UK has 700K Twitter followers and an active email subscription list. He also noted their move to expand related products, which any author can do even without the support of a big heritage publisher. If you need this kind of assistance, Writer’s Resource can help with branding, marketing and promotional plans.
WinePress Publishing, a Christian self-pub company, has closed. It was plagued recently with complaints from authors and accusations of fraud. It has directed its authors to try Amazon for republishing their books.
When you’re deciding which printer or self-publisher to use for your books, be sure to check out the company closely or rely on a referral from someone in the industry or a fellow author. Keep your intellectual material and your career safe from this kind of upheaval, and avoid any interruption in your efforts to reach readers.
Rio Nuevo Publishers work with nonfiction books on the American West and Southwest: history, folklore, cooking, travel, memoir, photography, and more.
Ripple Grove Press is a new children’s picture book publisher. Authors should submit a cover letter with the story summary, age range for audience, brief bio, contact info (all the information in a submissions packet), and a PDF of the manuscript.
Gryphon House Inc handles teacher/parent resource texts. The acquisition editors prefer a query with a book proposal that includes the title, purpose of the book, table of contents, introductory material, and 20-40 sample pages.
The Career Press publishes books for adults that helps readers improve their careers, businesses, and related topics. Prospective writers can submit a book proposal with sample chapters. Note that unlike other publishers who accept partial manuscripts for many types of nonfiction, this publisher notes that a complete manuscript is preferred for all its subject areas.